Ottawa Citizen

Lennon ’s desire to see son put him in killer’s path, Yoko Ono says

- BY CHRIS HASTINGS AND BETH JONES

• John Lennon’s determinaL­ONDON tion to see his young son rather than go for an evening meal may have cost him his life, his widow reveals today.

Describing the moments before the singer was shot and killed by Mark Chapman, a deranged fan, in New York on Dec. 8, 1980, Yoko Ono says: “We were returning from the studio, and I said, ‘Should we go and have dinner before we go home?’ and John was saying, ‘No, let’s go home because I want to see Sean before he goes to sleep.’ ”

“It was like he wasn’t sure if we would get home before Sean went to sleep and he was concerned about that. That was the last thing he said, that he wanted to see Sean,” she tells today’s edition of

Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4.

Ms. Ono, 73, who says that the former Beatle uttered no dying words, also says she has never been able to tell her son what happened outside the Dakota building on that fateful night.

The Sunday Telegraph

 ?? HANDOUT PHOTO ?? The last thing John Lennon said was that he wanted to see his son, Sean, shown with his father in this undated photo.
HANDOUT PHOTO The last thing John Lennon said was that he wanted to see his son, Sean, shown with his father in this undated photo.

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